Strolling through Swansea
The beautiful coastal city and county of Swansea is situated on the South coast of Wales. Swansea is the second largest city in Wales and is just two hundred and twenty miles from the Medusa Juice Vape Shop in Peterborough. Explore the sights of the city and visit our store in person, checking out the amazing range of e-liquids and vaping accessories as well as our clothing line. You won’t find a better selection for your money and be sure to visit regularly to get the most out of our offers, contest and the latest additions to our selection.
History and lore
In Welsh the city’s name is, “Abertawe” meaning the “mouth of the Tawe” and the English name may be derived from the Old Norse “Sveinsey” meaning “Sveinn’s Island.” The area where Swansea county stands today has been occupied since the stone age with evidence of Bronze and Iron Age settlements. The Romans controlled the area after their conquest of Britain and there are ruins of Roman Villas nearby.
The city of Swansea can trace its origins back to the Vikings as it is believed the settlement was built as a raiding post by the Norsemen. Tradition even says that the city was founded by the Danish King Sweyn Forkbeard.
Swansea was designated as chief town of the region after the Norman Conquest and a charter from the Earl of Warwick granted Swansea borough status. King John granted the town a royal charter in the 13th century, allowing the town to grow and develop.
The town remained a significant trading port for most of its history but it wasn’t until the 18th century that Swansea started to expand rapidly. The town became the centre for copper smelting, earning the nickname “Copperopolis” while making use of local coal and trade links to develop.
In the 19th century the quality of Swansea smelters was in such high regard that ore from the United States was shipped there for processing. At this time Swansea had grown to become the largest town in Wales when the total population of the built up area is included.
Heavy industry began to decline during the 20th century leaving derelict works and mining waste filling the Lower Swansea Valley. This land has been reclaimed and developed over time and some of the city’s docks continue to work as commercial docks while others have become the marina, a residential and leisure district.
During World War II Swansea was a target of German bombing because of its industrial importance and much of the town centre was destroyed. After the war the town was rebuilt and Swansea was granted city status in 1969 by the Prince of Wales.
As you explore Swansea’s beautiful surroundings and industrial heritage, consider a trip to the Medusa Juice Vape Shop in Peterborough. Our store is the ideal place to stock up on your favourite e-liquids and check out our fantastic selection for new treats to try. Visit regularly to catch the latest offers and sign up for our contests. In addition to the great range of e-liquids, we also have a new clothing line and all the best accessories at incredible prices.
More to do and see
It is impossible to miss the remarkable beauty that surrounds Swansea. Why not start your visit with a trip to one of the spectacular scenes of nature nearby such as Gower Peninsula or Penllergare Valley Woods. The Peninsula has the distinction of being the first place in Britain to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. And the landscape is home to a rich variety of wildlife as well as castles, forts and prehistoric standing stones. Penllergare Woods can be found to the north of the city and was created in the victorian era as a picturesque, romantic landscape
The awe-inspiring stretch of coast around Swansea is also home to great beaches as well as walking and cycling trails. Among the selection of coastline to choose from, Three Cliffs Bay and Rhossili Bay stand out as some of the most dramatic locations in Britain that have to be seen to be believed. Mumbles is a vibrant seaside village at the western end of Swansea Bay where visitors can enjoy traditional treats such as great seafood restaurants and ice cream parlours.
While in Mumbles take the time to see Oystermouth Castle overlooking Swansea Bay. The castle we can see today was built in the 13th century and has a fascinating history as well as hosting events through the year. And for more history, visit Swansea Museum to learn about the city’s past. There are a broad range of displays to explore, including boats and ships, war memorabilia and much more.
A trip to Swansea wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Dylan Thomas Centre. This museum chronicles the life, works and legacy of one of the most prominent Welsh poets and includes an annual festival as well as exhibitions, workshops and guided tours. Dylan Thomas’ birthplace and childhood home in Swansea is also a museum providing visitors with a look at the great writer’s early years.
There is also a fantastic selection of cultural attractions to enjoy in Swansea. Liberty Stadium is home to Swansea City FC as well as The Ospreys rugby team. And Swansea Grand Theatre is a beautiful, historic theatre offering live events and performances.
In the main shopping area of the city you’ll find the National Waterfront Museum and the LC Waterpark. This state of the art water park is the place to go if you’re looking for water slides, tubes and a wave machine as well as climbing walls and soft play area.
One more thing
While discovering everything that the vibrant city of Swansea has to offer, remember to bring your favourite e-liquids to enjoy. Take a trip to the Medusa Juice Vape Store in Peterborough to stock up on new flavours as well as checking out the newest additions to our amazing range. While there you can also take a look at our new clothing line for t-shirts and hoodies with great designs.